Enrico Caruso, Alfred Tomatis and modern neurobiology: prosocial listening, steady heartbeat and successful communication
by D. Beckedorf , F. Müller
Alfred Tomatis, a French ear, nose and throat physician, intensively explored the connections between hearing, voice and mind between 1950 and 1960. The great, golden voice of the 20th century, Enrico Caruso, and the analysis of his vocals played an important role in this. Tomatis came to the conclusion that listening to medium and high tones makes the voice sound fuller and clearer. Furthermore, the “desire to listen” and a successful communication also emerge on the psychological level. Current neurobiological findings, in particular the Polyvagal Theory proposed by American neurologist and researcher Stephen Porges, verify this statement and to extend its meaning: listening, secure attachment and a peaceful state of the unconscious nervous system go hand in hand. A special part of the vagus nerve, the “great calming nerve” or the parasympathetic nervous system, is of central importance. Its activation promotes an attentive attitude towards ourselves and others..."
Das Ohr als Schlüssel zur Fremdsprachenkompetenz: Technisch gestütztes Hör- und Aussprachetraining für den Weg in die globale Zukunft, by U. Kauzner
- Listening is the key to foreign language competency.
With the aid of the electronic sound perception trainer (SPT) which enables the audible ability to perceive the target language even in the case of adult foreign language learners, a 50 percent acceleration can be achieved compared to conventional methods. The book makes an excursion into the partial aspects of the phonological competence and affirms the question of the learning of foreign languages as an adult. This forms the scientific background for the methodical-didactic discussion of the Audio-Lingua speech training (ALA). The efficiency of the ALA method integrating the SPT was demonstrated in a Europe-wide research project.
Listening for Wellness: An Introduction to the Tomatis Method by P. Sollier
Presents the work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis who made medical and psychological discoveries that led to audio-psycho-phonology, or the Tomatis method. Also called auditory training, auditory stimulation, and listening therapy, the purpose is to re-educate the way people listen. These discoveries are applied in the field of autism, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, behavior problems, motor-and speech difficulties. They facilitate learning, foreign languages, improving singing voice, sharpening communication skills, boosting creativity and maximizing learning.